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Jets Q&A: Adam Gase second-guesses his play-calling on opening drive

Jets kicker Sam Ficken reacts after missing a

Jets kicker Sam Ficken reacts after missing a field goal during the first half against the Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Credit: AP/Adrian Kraus

What did Adam Gase think of his play-calling at the end of the opening drive?

He wished he could do it over.

Gase opted to go with the Wildcat on third-and-2 from the 33, but the direct snap to Le’Veon Bell didn’t fool the Bills and he gained only a yard.

“I wish I could have had the third-down call back,” Gase said. “I didn’t like that call. I wish I would have held that one for later. I had a different call I liked on third-and-1. I should have gone to it.”

Then Gase decided to kick a field goal on fourth-and-1 instead of going for it, but Sam Ficken missed the 51-yard attempt. When asked why he didn’t attempt to pick up the first down, Gase responded, “I don’t know. I wasn’t feeling it.”   

Why wasn’t Bell used more in the second half?

Gase said he was going with different personnel groups. Bilal Powell played the bulk of the second half until Bell came in and got five touches on the late field-goal drive that sealed the game. “We were just trying to play all those guys,” Gase said. “We were trying to play everybody. I wouldn’t look into that too much.”

It is significant, though. Bell didn’t say much after the game, and his future with the Jets will be a topic throughout this offseason. 

How was Jamal Adams’ mood after this finale?

Far different from when the Jets ended last year with a loss to New England and finished 4-12. Adams went off a year ago, saying the Jets needed more “dogs.” Not this time.

Adams said he believes the Jets are headed in the right direction, but he was very low-key and wouldn’t offer much else. “Yeah, for sure,” he said. “I just believe that. I just do.”

When pushed further, he said, “I feel good about it. I feel good about it. The leadership’s good.”   

Was Adams upset that he didn’t set the record for sacks by a safety?

He needed two to break former Cardinal Adrian Wilson’s mark of eight. He didn’t get any, and he said he knew it was a long shot after he hurt his ankle in Cincinnati. He missed two games and said he wasn’t himself in these final two.

“To be real with you all, it was not meant to be,” Adams said. “Ever since I got hurt, I wasn’t the same. I was out there battling, taking everything just to be out there with my brothers. I fell short. But there’s going to be plenty of opportunities. I strongly believe that.’’   

How much did the players credit Gase for the strong finish to the season?

A lot.

“Coach Gase never had his head down, never showed signs that he was wavering,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “He always showed up for work with the same attitude. He never faltered not one bit, and I respect him so much for that because a lot of coaches would have thrown in the towel and went through it instead of actually living through it.”  

Who are the Jets’ opponents in 2020?

Their home opponents are the Patriots, Bills, Dolphins, 49ers, Cardinals, Broncos, Raiders and Browns. On the road, they’ll play the Patriots, Bills, Dolphins, Chiefs, Chargers, Colts, Seahawks and Rams.

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